The Gambia

Sahel countries gather around the monitoring of the integration of PVE into education systems

Mali, Niger, the Gambia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau met for two days in Dakar to review progress in integrating the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) into their education programs and the teaching and learning processes of their respective countries. Learn more...


Source: UNESCO

FGPEF Sensitizes Latriya Pupils On Peace Education

amily Gambia Peace Education Foundation (FGPEF) sensitized the pupils of Latriya Lower Basic School on peace education on   Friday at the school ground, Kombo North District, West Coast Region.

The forum aims at enlightening the students on the essential of peace, educate on the causes of conflict and mechanisms to maintain peace within the society brought together students, teachers and parents. It also sensitized the society on the relevant of peace education syllabus. Learn more ...

Source: TheVoiceGambia

UNESCO Engage Youths On Democratization Process

United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Multispectral Regional Office for West Africa, on Wednesday February 20 engaged youths from different organization on democratization process; held in a local hotel.

The UNESCO forum aims at enabling the youth to understand the form of emergent expressions of African youth for a better orientation of the public policy to ensure youth centralization in decision making process that link with their needs and aspirations.

The Theme was ‘Youth and Freedom in West African Emergent Forms of Expression, Citizen Engagement and solidarity Action for an Exclusive Democracy and Social Change Favorable to the Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).’ Learn more....

Source: Voice Gambia

Helping Gambian youth find greener pastures at home

A staggering number of young Gambians have lost their lives trying to escape to Europe. UN Environment is implementing the largest natural resource development project in the history of the country to make their lives better back home. For Alagie Camora, using his dwindling savings to leave The Gambia for Europe seemed the best option after the government closed the border with Senegal in 2015, and his vegetable import business that brought in US$50 a month collapsed. But after surviving the perilous journey across deserts to reach Libya, “the back way” to Europe, he was captured and jailed alongside many other Gambians, stripped of everything they owned, abused and denied clean water, toilets and food. Learn more....

Source : UN Environment

The Gambia

Overview:The Gambia is a small and fragile country in West Africa. It stretches 450 km along the Gambia River. Its 10, 689 sq. km area is surrounded by Senegal, except for a 60 km Atlantic Ocean front.

Source: World Bank

Population: The country has a population of 1.9 million. With 176 people per square kilometer, it is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. Most of the population (57%) is concentrated around urban and peri-urban centers.

Source: World Bank


English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, other indigenous vernaculars.

Literacy and Enrollment rates:

Education policies: Compulsory education lasts 9 years from age 7 to age 15

Political context: The Parliamentary elections in April 2017 led to an absolute majority for Barrow’s United Democratic Party (UDP) with 31 seats (not including the five MPs appointed directly by the President) in the 53-seat National Assembly. The former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party was reduced to five seats. In the recent local elections, 62 of the 120 seats went to the UDP and 18 to the APRC.

Source: World Bank

Education priority areas under 4.7:

The Gambia’s formal education system follows an ECD-6-3-3-4 structure. The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) are jointly responsible for education policy and implementation. Over the past fifteen years the MoBSE has focused on the same policy priority areas of access, equity, quality and relevance and improved sector management.

Poverty is widespread and remained stagnant at 48.6% in 2015, compared to 48.1%in 2010. In rural areas, a higher proportion of the population (almost 70%) are poor. International migrants represent 9% of the population, and their remittances provide a safety net for the poor.

A legacy of authoritarianism, weak public institutions, political instability, and the limited capacity of the public administration are the most salient causes of state fragility in the country.

Source: World Bank

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